The compensation of the attorney can be free case by case agreed on the basis of many fee arrangements like the parameters according to the Ministerial Decree 55/2014, flat rate, percentage on the value of the business, hourly rate and so on.
Unless otherwise agreed, fees are to be considered excluding social security contributions (4% CPA) and VAT (22%). Separately are counted the further expenses (always documented) too.
When the costs estimation makes necessary a preliminary examination of the suit through the reading of documents and meetings with the client, the fee for the first legal advice in case of following assignment will be deducted from the sum to be paid in advance for the next activity.
In case of legal actions, less well-off people, if there are the legal conditions (e.g.: minimum income), may ask for free legal aid. This means that the client has to bear no expenses, because all proceedings costs are paid by the State.